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Subject: Spanish

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Cambia el siguiente párrafo desde presente al pasado: Yo camino con mis perros cuando un oso salta de un árbol. Yo grito y mis perros empiezan a ladrar. Mis perros y yo corrimos del oso a mi casa. Cuando llegamos a mi casa, mi madre me pregunta que pasó. Mi madre duda que de hecho haya un oso en nuestro barrio.

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Yo caminaba con mis perros cuando un oso saltó de un árbol. Yo grité y mis perros empezaron a ladrar. Mis perros y yo corrimos del oso a mi casa. Cuando llegamos a mi casa, mi madre me preguntó que pasó. Mi madre dudó que de hecho hubiera un oso en nuestro barrio.

Subject: US Government and Politics

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What differences does the US Government have from most other democracies?

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The US Government is unique because it is a presidential democracy whereas most other democracies are parliamentary democracies. In the presidential system, the people directly elect an executive leader who is separate from the legislature. In a parliamentary system a prime minister is typically selected from the legislative body. This leader can be voted out at anytime. Presidential democracies can face greater challenges in passing legislation since the executive leader is separate from the legislative body. While a parliamentary system can typically pass more legislation, a presidential system has greater checks on power.

Subject: Comparative Government and Politics

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What theory best explains why social revolutions happen? Please include a definition of social revolutions, a few existing theories, and your own thoughts on the best theory.

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A social revolution is a meaningful, long-lasting change in social, economic, and political systems in a society caused by violent overthrow from the masses in a society that happens relatively quickly. A social revolution must be successful and revolutions lead by a small, elite group do not fit this definition. To begin with, the definition leaves some room for ambiguity. One might ask how quickly does the revolution have to happen, how much violence must occur, and how large do the systemic changes have to be. It does exclude some events such as reform movements or rebellions which may not include the systemic changes or wide spread societal changes required for a social revolution. Skocpol offers one theory for social revolutions: she argues that revolutions occur when an international force and economic conditions align. Bobbio argues that revolutions may occur when objective and subjective conditions for revolution are present in a society. He explains objective conditions as citizens' rights and economic conditions and subjective conditions as leadership and willingness to risk their lives for change. I believe both of these theories are flawed, however the most important part of explaining revolutions is using a variable chain approach to look at changes that cause a revolution. It is not enough to argue that revolutions are caused by poor economic conditions because those have existed for all of history and revolutions are relatively rare. Rather a change in economic conditions such as a food shortage due to weather conditions or an international actor intervening by supporting or opposing an existing government.

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